Planning a Budget Wedding
Do you want to have a wonderful wedding without spending
lots of money? It's not impossible when you use a master budget wisely. This
article will give you some tips for planning a low cost wedding and stretching
your dollars further.
Planning a wedding on a budget can be a challenge
but also a lot of fun. When you're planning a wedding on a small budget, you'll
have to be creative, clever, smart and organized.
First of all, you
should ask for some recommendations from a wedding coordinator. A wedding
coordinator will have a lot of experience in this area and will be able to
advise you for the best choices. They will also save you some precious time.
There are many ways to cut corners without looking like you're cutting
corners. For example, design and print your own wedding invitations and thank
you notes. You can use free software to design them on your PC, and then print
them with your own printer. A $50 printer can print super quality pictures.
How to buy without spending lots of money
Jewelry: If you haven't purchased the ring or rings yet, one of the most
economical ways to do so without going into debt is from a pawn shop. Pawn
shops always have a big selection of wedding rings and reputable pawn shops are
picky about the jewelry they accept. It must be real gold and the diamonds have
to be real also. They won't accept cubic zirconia. Since they only loan about a
tenth of the value on jewelry, they don't have to mark up the price much when
people fail to pick them up.
You should start looking for your
wedding dress a few months before the event.
If you go shopping in the last few days before the wedding, you may be
pressured to buy something more expensive. Choose simple but elegant clothes
and you may save hundreds or even thousands of dollars. If you can't find
beautiful clothes that you can afford, you may rent them at lower costs, or you
may search for discount ones.
If you're planning a wedding on a small
budget, you have to look at all the expenses and see where you can compromise.
Think about the wedding flowers. If you have
a December wedding you can save on flowers. Usually hotels, reception sites,
and churches are already beautifully decorated which keeps expenses low. You
can reduce the cost of your flowers by a third when selecting seasonal flowers
for bouquets. And, who said the bride and the bridesmaids have to carry an
entire bouquet? Think of the savings if they only carry one flower. Simply
One of your biggest expenses will be the
reception. A buffet is less
expensive than a seated dinner, but have you considered something unique, such
as a picnic, barbeque or afternoon tea? If you make the food yourself, you'll
save a bundle. Cook ahead and freeze some items. Have family members cook up
some family favorites with secret recipes. These will be sure to please every
guest in attendance.
You could also bake your own cake. You can find
beautiful, easy to make cakes in magazines and on the internet that will rival
even the most expensive wedding cake. Not only will you save money, but you'll
have a ball doing it. When you're planning a wedding on a budget the key is to
plan ahead and get organized.
When you're planning a wedding on a
budget, you'll find yourself just shaking your head at some of the prices being
charged for things like mint and nut cups. This should be one of the easiest,
most frugal details to take care of. Imagination is the key here. You need a
container to hold mints and one to hold nuts. It doesn't have to be crystal.
Find something that matches your personality. It will be fun being a little
Use candles for centerpieces. They're beautiful and
inexpensive. You can place flowers on round mirrors to expand their appearance
on the tables. Keep the food simple. No one is going to remember the food
anyway. They will remember the festivities and the atmosphere in general but
the exact dish that was served will fade quickly. Have enough but not too much.
You might even consider hors d'oeu rves and mini sandwiches.
know someone who has a unique talent, now is the time to flatter the heck out
of them. Do you know someone who sings, bakes or takes pictures? Most people
are flattered to be asked to participate in a wedding. Maybe you know someone
who makes crafts. She might be willing to help out with the decorations. When
you're planning a wedding on a budget, think about the things you might be able
to borrow like punchbowls, serving pieces and things you would only use
Another way to lower the costs of your wedding is to hold your
wedding during off-season or on a Friday or Sunday. The fees are much cheaper
than for a Saturday event. While you will save money if you have a Christmas
wedding, many venues up their prices, especially for a Friday or Saturday
night. Consider a Sunday wedding since this is usually an 'off' day for most
restaurants and clubs. You could also check at the venue you want to hold your
wedding to learn what open dates they have and set your wedding date for that
time, rather than the usual approach adopted by people where they go to the
venue after finalizing their wedding date.
You can sometimes save a
bundle when holding your wedding in a historic home, plus you'll have a more
intimate setting. Consider having your wedding, reception or both at a local
garden club or botanical garden. Both will offer a beautiful setting all year
long, and your decorating expenses will be low. For a more intimate setting,
consider a pretty bed and breakfast.
One woman who was planning a
wedding on a small budget hit the jackpot. She had been toying with the idea of
having a garden wedding but didn't have the garden in which to hold the
wedding. What she needed was a friend or relative with beautiful landscaping.
She had noticed a particular house with lush landscaping full of flowers and
bushes had been on the market for some time. She figured it hadn't sold because
it was so expensive.
She approached the realtor for the property she
was admiring and proposed a deal. She explained about her upcoming wedding and
said how she had long admired the property and asked the realtor to ask the
owner if she might hold her wedding there. She offered a small deposit,
promised to clean up and also promised that her friend at the newspaper would
do a write-up about the whole thing.
To her surprise, the owner agreed!
She was ecstatic. She received the rental of the chairs and the folding tables
as a gift and borrowed and crafted and drafted everyone she knew to help her.
Sure enough, the following weekend her "wedding story" appeared on the front
page of the Sunday paper's "Living" section, complete with photographs of the
lush gardens and beautiful house. To her delight, the house sold two weeks
Where there's a will, there's a way. This woman's story proves
that. Not only did she get a free place in which to hold her wedding, but the
paper's photographers took a truckload of pictures. When she was planning a
wedding on a small budget, she was creative, clever, smart and organized. You
can be too!
Weddings do not always need to be expensive, except in the
cases where people want them to be. There are many ways to reduce the costs and
the only thing you have to do, is to use your imagination. Planning a cheap
wedding is not difficult and you can save some money for your honeymoon, for a
car or for a new home. It doesn't make much sense to start off your marriage
with debt you can't afford and will most likely regret.
I hope the
above ideas of planning a budget wedding will be of real help to you.
- Learn how to make your big day gorgeous even if you're
on a tight budget.
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the wedding of your dreams on a shoestring budget!
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